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Downbeat advances to Varsity Vocals a cappella semifinals

Downbeat senior Joel Morel solos during a performance of the song

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2020

The upper school’s vocal ensemble, Downbeat, placed third in Varsity Vocals’ International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) regional quarterfinals this weekend, earning the ensemble a spot in the semifinals for the first time in the Conservatory’s history After placing fourth in...

Upper school music groups celebrate end of semester with annual winter concert

Senior violin soloist Hanoom Lee leads the orchestra in Pablo de Sarasate's “Zigeunerweisen

by Sarah Mohammed and Saurav Tewari

January 22, 2020

The upper school orchestra, jazz band and lab band performed in their annual winter concert on Friday in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center, commemorating their work this semester. The orchestra played a variety of specially picked pieces, including George Gershwin's “American in Paris Suite,”...

Downbeat travels around the Bay Area during their annual Winter Tour

Downbeat wraps up their tour last Friday with their final show of the day, at the upper school's Patil Theater. Their closing number, pictured here, was a dance number,

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

December 12, 2019

Last Friday, Downbeat went on their annual winter tour where they sang and spread cheer at six different stops. The group left the upper school around 9 a.m. and visited the preschool campus, where they sang carols to the young children. Their next stop took them all the way to perform and hand out...

Jazz band performs Christmas renditions at lunch

Jazz band performs Christmas songs outside the auxiliary gym today during lunch. Some of their songs included Christmas classics

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

December 11, 2019

Members of jazz band performed renditions of Christmas songs during long lunch today outside the auxiliary gym. Songs they performed included Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca,” Michael Buble’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town and “Winter Wonderland” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”...

Fall Quadchella invites students, faculty to watch performances through informal talent show

Nathaniel “Nash”
Melisso (12) strums
the ukulele as he
performs his original
song “Insight” during the fall Quadchella on Nov. 7. This Quadchella contained a total of four teacher acts and six student acts, along with face painting, popcorn, and tattoos on the side.

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

November 16, 2019

Harker’s biannual Quadchella talent show invited students and faculty to watch an array of performances in the quad during long lunch on Nov. 7. This Quadchella contained a total of four teacher acts and six student acts. Face painting provided by the art club along with popcorn and tattoos were a...

Award-winning composer David Amram imparts wisdom, music at Speaker Series performance

Award-winning composer and musician David Amram answers questions from the audience at last Friday's Speaker Series performance. Amram shared wisdom from his life's work as a jazz and classical musician, telling anecdotes along the way.

by Kathy Fang and Jin Tuan

November 12, 2019

Award-winning composer David Amram wrapped up his week's visit at the upper school as this year's artist in residence with his performance at this year’s Speaker Series event in the Patil Theater last Friday. Amram spoke about his life’s work, sharing stories and wisdom from his rich career of...

Princeton choir group performs at school meeting

The Princeton Roaring 20 sings at school meeting last Friday. Harker alumni Ishanya Anthapur (‘15) is a part of the group, which was touring the Bay Area during Princeton's fall break.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

November 4, 2019

The Princeton Roaring 20, a co-ed a capella group at Princeton, performed at Harker upper school school meeting last Friday, as part of their tour around the Bay Area. Songs they performed included Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies.” Harker alumna Ishanya Anthapur (‘15) is a ...

Composer David Amram to visit upper school next week as artist in residence

Composer David Amram, who will be visiting the upper school as this year's artist in residence. His visit begins tomorrow and will last throughout the week, and he will host a number of workshops, lectures and talks for students to learn more about music and art.

by Kathy Fang and Jin Tuan

November 3, 2019

Award-winning composer David Amram will travel to the upper school next week as this year’s artist in residence, bringing a series of music workshops, lectures and performances. A lifelong musician, Amram began his journey in composition by scoring films in Hollywood, but soon set off on his own...

Dance show auditions launch preparation for annual production

Upper school dance teacher Karl Kuehn looks on as students audition for the annual dance production. Auditions took place on Sept. 14.

by Catherine Feng, Asst. Copy Editor

September 16, 2019

Auditions for the annual dance production took place on Saturday, Sept. 14. Students of all ability levels from all four grades were encouraged to audition, even if they had never danced before. This year, 173 upper school students auditioned, an indication of the popularity of the dance show.  Everyon...

The Jazz Factor shares their love of music

William Rainow (12) plays the bass. He joined the Jazz Factor last year.

by Nicole Tian and Eric Fang

August 28, 2019

Trills of assorted jazz music float through the pavement in front of the Glass House as six musicians tap their feet along to the rhythm. Before their performance at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Jazz Factor, a band made up of several students from the Bay Area, started a little over two years ago as ...

Helen’s BTS Podcast

Helen's BTS Podcast

by Helen Yang, Reporter

May 14, 2019

In her new podcast, senior Helen Yang dives into the basics of getting into BTS, the Korean boy group that has sparked an international craze, drawing many into the world of K-pop. Also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan, BTS is a seven-member South Korean boy band created in 2013 under the company Big...

Upper school orchestra celebrates seniors in annual spring concert

Conductor Dr. David Hart leads the upper school orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky's

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

May 3, 2019

Wrapping up a year of concerts and performances, the upper school orchestra played their final concert of the school year in the Patil Theater tonight, honoring senior musicians in an expansive collection of pieces that ranged from Harry Potter to Stravinsky. The show, which began at 8 p.m. following...

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